[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.117) – Diving with sharks in Bora Bora (France)


(WorldKings.org) Bora Bora is a volcanic island in the Society Islands archipelago of French Polynesia. The Polynesian island in the South Pacific is ranked at the top of the list when it comes to most remarkably beautiful in the world.

Out of all the unique beauties of Bora Bora such as the cottages above the water, the marvelous sandy beaches, and the mountain Otemanu, one of the most favorite among tourists is the sharks.

These exciting water animals capture the attention of everyone coming to the island. No-one leaves without seeing the sharks in Bora Bora.

There’s even a saying that “sharks outnumber the people of French Polynesia”.

Mainly, the sharks in Bora Bora are not dangerous. They live under the green lagoons and are used to the presence of people.

The most common type you’ll see is Blacktip reef sharks. They’re not aggressive, so you can easily get close to them. They inhabit the tropical coral reefs and prefer to swim in inshore waters. Having said that, they get familiar with their surroundings and don’t change them for years.

Besides them, the waters of Bora Bora are full of the so-called Lemon sharks. Those are usually seen during the shark feeding tours. That’s understandable, as fish is their main food.

If you’re scared of not spotting them in time, don’t be. These sharks can grow up to 3 meters in length and with their color, they’re quite visible among the blueness of the lagoons.

But let’s not forget the Whitetip sharks, gray sharks, and hammerhead sharks. They, too, are regular inhabitants of Bora Bora’s waters, making your diving even more unforgettable.

The excursion of searching for shark and the rays begins in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon of Bora Bora. With the water at knee height and the white sand under your feet, you will have the chance to walk among stingrays and blacktip sharks. You will also be able to immerse yourself and swim with tropical fish. Your guide will give you all the knowledge and recommendations you need to know for an optimal encounter with rays and sharks made with respect for animal life.

At the Coral Garden, you will observe thriving marine life in clear, calm waters with a mask and snorkel. Discover a multitude of colorful tropical fish, which live in symbiosis with the reef, providing them with shelter against various predators.

Next, we’ve come to the part where we explore one of the most exciting activities that you must try when coming to this incredible island. It’s, of course, the adventure of feeding the sharks in Bora Bora. The sharks in Bora Bora feed, mostly, on dead fish. They’re usually smaller than the other shark types in the oceans, so they satisfy their hunger with these animals. Aside from that, they can be fed with clams, mollusks, crabs and lobsters as well as some other tiny sea animals.

The most important thing you should be aware of is that sharks can be a little bit aggressive. The types of sharks in Bora Bora such as the Blacktip reef and the lemon sharks are used to the presence of humans and act rather friendly. However, be cautious and keep your eyes on them.

Having said that, don’t insist on feeding them with your own bare hands. Firstly because it’s forbidden and secondly because of the possible dangers. That’s why leave the expert that will be in the water with you do their job. Just let go and enjoy the experience.

And for those too afraid even of the thought of swimming so close to the sharks, it’s best if you remain in the boat and observe the feeding from there.

According to travelcroc.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)


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